I was supposed to hang some stuff to make space in the garage. So I started indiscriminately screwing a bunch of crap into the joists. Now I realized that I was stupid in my haste. How do I evaluate this?
I drilled pilot holes for the large hooks (though probably not large enough - they were slightly smaller than the core of the screw), but not for the 3 wood screws in each of the 4 joists holding that extra board.
I think I used this simple 2-inch screw: i.stack.imgur.com/EkxHE.jpg (left over from a playhouse project, not even sure if it's brass or what?), but knowing me, it could have been a 1+1/2, 2+1/2 or 3-inch version.
What are the odds that I have created a serious structural defect for the bedroom above? I'm potentially weakening/splitting a bunch of nearby joists. People generally don't use pilot holes for drywall screws, right? But if I used larger/longer screws, it would be more likely to cause a problem. Would I cause more problems by taking out a couple screws to see?